South Korean born social practice artist (이미래/李未來) Mirae kh RHEE’s transracial life experiences led her to work between the United States, South Korea, and Germany, where learning foreign languages, code-switching, and cultural traditions and customs continuously inform her artwork. Through the lens of transnational feminism, RHEE creates complex Gesamtkunstwerk(e) (total-works-of-art) that tell autoethnographical narratives, incorporating social intervention, participatory performance, drawings, installation and new technologies. RHEE received her MFA in studio art at the University of California-Irvine, where she was a Graduate Studies Diversity Scholar and a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a four year merit scholarship and a four year Ewald Foundation scholarship.
Her notable solo exhibitions include Sammel-Sucht/Collecting Crave, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin (2022 – 23), Books and Things, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ (2022); Inventing Genealogies, New Media Artspace, Baruch College, NY (2021), Unfinished Business, SOMA Artspace, Berlin (2021), and Mourning Becomes Electra, Warehouse Gallery, Incheon, South Korea (2019). Residencies and fellowships include Baruch College (2021), German Arts Council Women in Media and Culture Mentoring Program (2021), Vermont College of Fine Arts (2020), Incheon Art Platform (2019), Goldrausch Künstlerinnen Projekt (2018), the Berlin Senate Working Artist Stipend (2015), Millay Colony for the Arts (2013), MacDowell (2012), among others. Her work has been supported by a Stiftung Kunstfonds Neustart Kultur Stipend, Berlin Senate Research Grant, the AHL Foundation First Biannual Art Grant, and a Heinrich Böll Stiftung Artist Grant.
In 2022 RHEE was the Korea Arts Foundation of America (KAFA) Awardee and is preparing for a solo exhibition at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles (KCCLA). The artist is a current researcher at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst/Ethnologisches Museum, located in the Humboldt Forum, Berlin. RHEE’s solo exhibition, Missing Merope, will open KCCLA on 9 Nov and run until the 2 Dec 2023, with a special program with GYOPO. In March 2024 her long-term project about collecting practices and display history will open at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin and later in 2025 at the Residenzschloss Dresden. For access to the media kit and/or portfolio link, please request a password.